Saturday, 7 August 2010

Fossils, lifeboats and stuffed goats...

Last month we escaped the wind and rain of Cumbria for a few days in sunny Yorkshire. We stayed on an organic farm near Pickering but went though to the coast nearly every day.

Mmm... blue sky and sea at Robin Hood's Bay...
Robin Hood's Bay

The Yorkshire coast is great for finding fossils, here's one in a large rock that was far too big to take home...
Fossil in a rock

There were lots of lifeboat-related things to see, which pleased a certain someone who is a big fan of lifeboats...
Ade and the lifeboat

We visited the RNLI shop and museum at Whitby...
Whitby RNLI shop and museum

And bought home an educational tea towel, a shopping bag that saves lives and a dramatic fridge magnet...
Lifeboat goodies

The Old Coastguard Station at Robin Hood's Bay had a really old painted metal fish outside to raise funds for the RNLI...
Feeding money to the RNLI fish

Legend has it that the fish flaps its tail when you put a coin in but the coin slot is so small that you never see it happen because you're too busy watching the coin as you drop it in! There was another slightly odd RNLI fund-raiser in Pickering, which was a pair of yellow RNLI wellies standing in a bucket of water. I didn't get a picture of that one though because it was next to the checkouts in the Co-op supermarket and I felt too shy :)

Speaking of slightly odd things in Pickering...
Stuffed angora goat
This is Geraldine, a stuffed Angora goat that we saw in an antiques shop in the town.

She's slightly sinister...
Stuffed angora goat's face

But she had a lovely curly coat! Now I'll know exactly where to go if I ever need a stuffed goat :)

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